SEEN AND HEARD

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Ives and Beethoven, with Bavouzet’s Agile Fingers in Between.

“Expansive, beautifully realized, but never lacking in virtuosity. This was music-making that was controlled but seemingly spontaneous and on occasion, electrifying. Little wonder that the capacity audience jumped to its feet at the end. I can’t remember a performance so completely satisfying.”

 

The Plain Dealer

Fri 5 Feb 2016

Cleveland Orchestra offers respite from winter in colorful, warm French program

"The pinnacle was the Adagio. Out of its touching solo theme, Bavouzet and orchestra crafted a lavish and ultimately hugely impassioned episode, one that developed naturally and boasted limpid contributions from soloists all over the ensemble. Their music contained not just all the color absent from the region but also the warmth."

SEEN AND HEARD

Fri 29 Jan 2016

JEAN EFFLAM BAVOUZET'S BEETHOVEN: REFRESHING AND PROVOCATIVE

“This was, I thought, a Beethoven performance of undeniable greatness: not different for the sake of it, but asserting its – and Beethoven’s – difference through a Pollini-like re-examination of the material(...)  All Beethoven performances should, if only briefly, restore one’s faith in humanity; this one did.”

THE GUARDIAN*****

Sat 16 May 2015

“...Even Barenboim would acknowledge that there are other fine pianists around. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who escapes the very celebrity on which Barenboim thrives, gave a tightly organised lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall, embracing Beethoven’s Sonata in F sharp Op 78, Boulez’s Piano Sonata No 1, movements from Maurice Ohana’s Douze Etudes d’interprétation and three Debussy Etudes. Each of the works was linked, by inspiration or influence. Bavouzet’s playing has precision, finesse and fiery elegance, as expressive in the fluidity of Debussy as in the percussive vigour of the Boulez… An award-winning Debussy player, Bavouzet concluded with a dazzling account of L’isle joyeuse, leaping from the piano stool with a joyful twirl on the final note.”